[www.inewsguyana.com] – In response to the People’s Progressive Party’s (PPP) call for shared governance, the People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) says that it is convinced that the PPP is unreliable and dishonest.
The Party in a statement noted that the PNCR’s policy on inclusive Government and participatory Government is consistent and is documented.
“TRUST – is the firm belief that something or someone is reliable, good, honest, and effective. The People’s National Congress Reform (PNCR) is convinced that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is unreliable, dishonest and the Donald Ramotar Administration totally ineffective,” the statement noted.
According to the PNCR, the PPP/C is not interested in inclusive Government and participatory democracy, or the creation of democratic institutions.
“The PPP/C is only interested in total control of the Executive, Judiciary and Legislative branches of Government in Guyana.”
The statement noted that the PPP/C after securing the plurality of the votes at the 2011 National and Regional Elections selected a cabinet that did not include opposition representation even though the PPP/C knew the combined opposition had secured the majority of the votes, and they were a minority Government.
“The PPP/C did not field a candidate for the positions of Speaker and Deputy Speaker at the beginning of the 10th Parliament. The PPP/C did not field a candidate for the position of Deputy Speaker when that position became vacant in 2014.
“The PPP/C Administration under the leadership of President Donald Ramotar has refused assent to all of the opposition Bills that were passed in the National Assembly. The PPP/C has refused to act on resolutions brought to the National Assembly and passed by the majority combined opposition. The PPP/C’s record has proven that they are not interested in compromise but for total control.”
The PNCR is of the view that General Secretary, Clement Rohee cannot be trusted.
At its weekly press conference on Monday, the PPP revealed initial steps that the Opposition needs to take if there will be shared governance.
The position of the Deputy Speaker of the House of Assembly should be taken away from the Opposition and given to the PPP, as part of the steps.
The other steps include the re – arrangement of all Parliamentary Committees so that the PPP could have a “proportionate amount of seats corresponding to its representation;” the APNU, AFC should not link the passage of the Anti Money Laundering and Countering the Financing of Terrorism Amendment Bill to any other legislation and finally, the Opposition must respect the fact that the government was constitutionally elected.